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Forum topic by kmetzger posted 04-20-2014 07:00 PM 749 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-20-2014 07:00 PM

I’m going to introduce wine stoppers to kids at the woodworking school where I teach here in Mexico. I’ll be using the pin chuck method shown here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e8e_pl5oGs#aid=P-aQ92WbJVY and pushing the corks over hardwood dowels (maple). Would it be a good idea to somehow seal the tip of the dowel that is flush with the end of the cork and goes into the wine bottle?

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico, http://tinyurl.com/7w5fm25


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#1 posted 04-20-2014 07:56 PM

Kim, stopped making that style bottle stopper many years ago. I found if use entire piece of cork they do not go into a bottle completely. So after playing around a bit cutting the dowel & cork got a nice fit so did not see cork. After that also stopped using dowels, and made both stopper & dowel with just one piece of wood. You could see glue at the bottom of the dowel whether used epoxy or yellow glue.

I thought about putting dap of poly or epoxy on the bottom to seal, but never did. Made about a dozen or so of them, kept two and sent the rest to my little brother. Even with shorting the cork & dowel had trouble fitting a bottle of wine on my refrigerator door or shelves with bottle stopper installed. So made a lot of small ones to solve that problem. Would have no problem today with our new refrigerator.

A fast fun project so think your students will enjoy making them.

If going to make them today would buy stainless steel stoppers from Ruth Niles. She also sell MT-2 mandrel that serves as a tap too. I would use acrylic vice wood.

http://nilesbottlestoppers.com/

-- Bill

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#2 posted 04-20-2014 08:45 PM

Thanks, Billl. When you shortened the cork, did you cut the top or the bottom of the cork?

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico, http://tinyurl.com/7w5fm25

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#3 posted 04-21-2014 11:36 AM

Kim, am not sure if used the 1 ¼” or 1 ½ ” cork stoppers back then. Initially tried cutting cork from both bottom & top to get a better fit. Then just cut from the top. I just stuck the cork on a dowel without glue and stuck that in a bottle to get my measurements. I marked and cut my cork stuck on an un-glued dowel. Do not remember being hard to do with an X-ACTO saw.

You can see how much cork stoppers stick out of the bottle in both of these videos. Not sure many turners worried about it even today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNPovt9Hkos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wXTO7_alu4

-- Bill

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